This is a suggested outline of how to organise your curriculum for Year Three. Curriculum choice varies depending on the individual child and specific family's homeschooling needs. So feel free to change it as it suits you.
This guideline has been written with consideration of the Australian National Curriculum (ANC) and the methods of Charlotte Mason.
Outcome Checklists for particular subjects have been provided to help you plan and keep records. These are set out in graded stages rather than specific years so when you look at them don't panic you have two years to complete them.
In Year Three the child only needs about two to three hours formal sit down work 4 days per week. Read aloud time is extra.
The rest of the time should be spent on the activities of daily living, establishing good habits and learning through play and lots of conversation.
If you are new to homeschooling find out how to homeschool and spend these early years equipping yourself with the tools needed to teach.
Homeschooling Downunder Year Three Resources
Hero Tales by Dave and Neta Jackson (Volumes 1—2). Christian devotions using christian heroes of the faith.
Spiritual Themed Read Aloud
Treasures of the Snow by Patricia Saint John. This also comes as a DVD.
Spindles series by Barry Chant. Australian outback stories with spiritual themes.
LANGUAGE & LITERACY
Teaching English can be done without a workbook BUT many of us do not have the confidence to do that.
Emma Serl's Primary Language Lessons is a two year program for Year Two to Three that teaches a variety of English skills.
Combine with this resource with daily copywork and a reading program to complete your language arts program.
If you feel that your child is is confident with their printing you can begin to introduce cursive. You start with Downunder Copywork Book 2 Cursive. For the more reluctant writers these cursive resources may be helpful:
Our copywork resources include excerpts from good quality literature.
A Book for Kids by CJ Dennis.
Aesop's Fables for Children There are many versions of these classic fables. Look for one at your library.
Read Aloud Suggestions List
Look through our Living Booklists for some ideas
The Australian National Curriculum teaches the science disciplines biology, chemistry, earth and space (geology & astronomy) and physical science (physics). Within each school year a portion of the each science strand is chosen for study. Science teaching is broken down into science understanding, science skills and human endeavour. The curriculum states that these topics are interrelated and that scheduling of topics can be taught at the teacher’s discretion.
For science we have enjoyed the Apologia Exploring Creation series by Jeannie Fullbright. These books are best done as read alouds in the early primary and in late primary school they can be done independently. The notebooks are not necessary. Choose one book per year to complete from Year Three to Year Six.
The topics that I recommend are:
For other science strands I recommend the books of John Hudson Tiner. Read one as a read aloud each year.
Exploring the World of Physics: From Simple Machines to Nuclear Energy
Exploring the World of Chemistry: From Ancient Metals to High-Speed Computersby John Hudson Tiner
Johannes Kepler, Sower Series .Many titles are in this series. Written with a christian world view.
Note: Since geology covers the theory of evolution we suggest that you choose a resource that you have considered for yourself. We like books from Creation Ministries
The National Curriculum has no chronological history of the world until highschool. If you would like to follow chronological history with your child I suggest studying the Middle Ages in Year Three. As this would be an extra topic you can choose how you wish to record your learning. Notebooking, narrations and a Book of Centuries are great for this subject. See more on teaching history in primary school and suggested resources here.
Our focus for this year is on significant dates and celebration in Australia’s cultural heritage.
Australia Day January 26th.
If possible have your child attend some ANZAC celebrations.
NAIDOC Week First Week July
Read The Papunya School Book of Country and History by Nadia Wheatley. This book also covers geography issues and Aboriginal art.
Mary MacKillop Feast Day August 8th
Use the Saint Mary MacKillop lapbook.
Keep Australia Beautiful End of August
You can choose to focus on some aspect of sustainable geography such as litter, recycling or energy saving. Visit this website for ideas if you need to. I couldn't find a good resource for this topic but it is one that the Australian National Curriculum wants children to cover. All of the books I read had controversial messages and political agendas. I will let you decide how you want to present this topic.
Children Just Like Me: A Unique Celebration of Children Around the World. For significant celebrations around the world. Read through the book.
Year Three is when they traditionally begin teaching more about Australia's geography. You may already have covered some geography when doing Australian Book Traveller but now you can teach more about the special landmarks and features of Australia's physical geography.
Discover Downunder and Downunder Geography Discovery Pages study one chapter per week and you will have your geography covered for the year.
Nature Study is still an intergral part of learning about the environment incorporate some nature walks and field trips into your term planning.
For more Art and Music suggestions see here.